SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT
Saturday’s Topic: “Flying the X-15” and “Tour of the Constellation Cepheus”
Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL
Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “X-15” (1962)
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Afterglow Movie: “X-15” (1962) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhrv1EFbQIw
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Discussion topic of the evening.
“Flying the X-15”
What can you see in the sky over the next couple of weeks?
Recent Astronomical discoveries
Galactic “Wind” Stifling Star Formation is most Distant Yet Seen
Pluto Should be Reclassified as a Planet, Experts Say
Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.
Some space news, both current and historical:
Pioneering radio astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell contributed substantially to the discovery of pulsars but was not included in the Nobel prize award for the work; instead, it was given to her male supervisor. However, she has not lacked for recognition: among many other accolades, she was just this week awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for her work. The entire proceeds have been donated to establish scholarships for women and minority physics students.
The Curiosity rover has just completed a beautiful panorama, taken under a dusty red sky, and it’s also been in the news this week for finding rocks that are too hard for it to drill. Unfortunately, there has still been no word from MER-B Opportunity.
This week in space history, something really amazing happened: on September 5th, 1977, Voyager 1 took to the sky. It’s not easy to express just how impressive the Voyager program has been. The two probes are old enough that their children could have graduated from High School, and they might even have a grand-probe on the way…and they’re still doing science. They’re even a lesson to computer folks about how to write software that won’t crash, ever!
If you’ve been hearing news about the hole in the Soyuz capsule docked to the ISS, an reassuring yourself that quality control in U.S. spacecraft is better, don’t get too cocky. On this day in 2004, the sample return capsule of NASA’s Genesis spacecraft smacked straight into the desert without opening its parachutes, because good ole’ Americans with good old American know-how installed its gravity sensor upside-down.
In other space history, this week marks the birthdays of Soviet rocket engine designer Valentin Petrovich Glushko, Apollo Spacecraft Office head Joseph Francis Shea, cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev—father of the first child born to two astronauts—physicist James A Van Allen, and the first head of NASA, T. Keith Glennan.
Perhaps the saddest news item from space history this week happened in the Apollo program: on September 2nd, 1970, NASA cancelled Apollo missions 15 and 19, and announced that the remaining missions would be designated Apollo 14 through 17. Because the boosters and vehicles had already been completed and flight-qualified, the total savings were only $42 million.